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Up next on the Rangers fire sale is Michael Grabner, who has just been traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Igor (or Yegor, according to Elite Prospects) Rykov and a 2nd round draft pick.

Rykov has done alright for himself over in the KHL for SKA St Petersburg and their VHL affiliate, putting up 14 points in 51 games for as a 20 year old defenseman in the KHL and 6 points in 7 games in the VHL.

While we’ll miss his speedy goal-scoring ways it’s safe to say this is a pretty big win for the Rangers, who picked Grabner up assuming he’d be a decent depth option only to find he was a great goal-scorer all along. Turning nothing into something is the name of the game, so it’s hard not to be pleased with this one. We’ll keep you posted as we say goodbye to more Rangers as we approach the deadline.

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Rangers recall Vinny Lettieri

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The Rangers have recalled forward Vinny Lettieri for tonight’s game against Montreal. Lettieri has been yo-yo’d a bit this year, but I would venture a guess this is his final call up. He will probably stick around, with the rumors that are floating around.

There are no injuries to report, and Chris Kreider is rumored to be ready to return. Something is coming.

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The Rangers have assigned defenseman Ryan Sproul the Hartford Wolf Pack. Rob O’Gara, the 24 year old defenseman acquired in the Nick Holden trade, will remain with the club and likely play in tomorrow’s game.

Sproul played four games with the Rangers, putting up a pair of assists. He played well in his first stint with the Blueshirts, and can likely serve as a good depth defenseman.

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Rangers send Nick Holden to Boston

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The first domino has fallen. Nick Holden has been sent to the Boston Bruins for a 3rd round pick and 24 year old defenseman Rob O’Gara. O’Gara is likely just a roster balancing move, perhaps a body to play at the NHL level for the remainder of the year.

The fact that the Rangers got a third rounder for Holden is a major win. He’s been a lightning rod for negative attention, and for good reason. He was not all that good as a Ranger, not worth the fourth rounder given up to Colorado.

That said, they moved up a round. So that’s some decent ROI, I guess. But most fans get their wish: Holden is gone.

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Some minor roster moves yesterday that we didn’t get a chance to post. Damn real world live. Anyway, Vinny Lettieri was returned to Hartford, which was expected as the Rangers start getting healthy. I’m not going to lose sleep over it, although there is a legitimate case to keep him up and send Cody McLeod down. I’m not overly concerned with Lettieri playing with Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson.

Brandon Halverson was called up for today’s game, as Alex Georgiev is out with the flu. I expected Georgiev to get a start this weekend, but I doubt Halverson will. So much for limiting Henrik Lundqvist’s work load. But hey, no playoffs means he’s going to get all summer off. I guess that’s a positive?

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Sproul, acquired this season in exchange for Matt Puempel, has a line of 10-12-22 in 41 games with Hartford and Grand Rapids. The 25 year old defenseman will replace Steven Kampfer, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.

Sproul, a former second round pick from Detroit, is likely a temporary fill in until Kampfer, Marc Staal, or Ryan McDonagh can return. Since Staal is, at least in my opinion, likely out for the year –I have no evidence to support this other than Staal’s concussion history and the nature of his injury– I’d expect Sproul to be here until McDonagh returns.

For those counting, the blue line now has four guys who played significant time in the AHL this year. Also worth noting that, once again, Ryan Graves was passed over. If he were NHL ready, or deserving of a chance to show he might be, he would’ve been recalled by now.

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Rangers recall Alex Georgiev

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Alex Georgiev from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is not a youth movement call up, like Neal Pionk or John Gilmour. This is to replace the newest member to the walking wounded, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec left last night’s game with a knee injury, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to play the final two periods.

Gerogiev, a 22 year old from Russia, has a .908 SV% and a 2.97 GAA. He had a bad start to the year, and has played better of late. I’m not sure his numbers are a true indication of his talent, since the Pack haven’t really been that good this season.

The Pavelec injury means Hank likely gets the majority of the starts on the upcoming four game road trip.

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The Rangers have made a minor league swap with the Washington Capitals, sending Adam Chapie and Joe Whitney. Albert, a 29 year old forward, has a line of 3-8-11 in 33 games with Hershey this year. Labrie, a 26 year old defenseman, has a line of 1-6-7 in 35 AHL games this year.

Chapie was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The 26 year old forward has a line of 2-5-7 in 31 games in Hartford. Whitney was signed to an AHL deal, and the 30 year old forward has a line of 9-10-19 in 40 AHL games.

This is a move for the Pack, nothing more.

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The Hartford moves keep coming. Defenseman John Gilmour has been recalled, and it’s expected he isn’t being recalled just to sit on the bench. The 24 year old has a line of 6-20-26 in 44 games this year. He was also Hartford’s lone representative in the AHL All Star Game.

He and Neal Pionk will replace Brendan Smith, who cleared waivers and was assigned to the Pack this afternoon, and at least one other defenseman.

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Brendan Smith has been placed on waivers

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers. Smith, acquired at least year’s trade deadline, was signed TJ a four year deal worth $17.4 million in the offseason.

Smith has had a really bad year. We know that. I’m shocked by this, since while a problem, he was far from the only problem.

Smith is on waivers. Steven Kampfer still remains with the club.

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